Leavitt basketball star Anderson commits to New Hampshire

Posted April 05, 2012, at 11:18 p.m.
Last modified April 06, 2012, at 7:23 p.m.
Kristen Anderson of Leavitt has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of New Hampshire.
Kristen Anderson of Leavitt has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of New Hampshire.

Kristen Anderson of Leavitt High School in Turner will take her basketball talents out of state in 2013.

The Hornets’ dynamic junior guard has given a verbal commitment to continue her basketball career at the University of New Hampshire starting with the 2013-14 season.

Kristen Anderson is the younger sister of Courtney Anderson, who was a nonscholarship player at the University of Maine last season.

Anderson’s decision became public Thursday night with the help of a Tweet by younger brother Austin Anderson, who Tweeted, “S/O to my big SIS Congrats on your verbal to UNH! Can’t wait to see you and @CourtneyRohs play against each other!#gonnabegreat.”

The “shout out” was re-Tweeted by Courtney Anderson as well.

Kristen Anderson also had been recruited by UMaine and Vermont, among other schools. She would sign a National Letter of Intent to attend New Hampshire next November.

Kristen Anderson, a Bangor Daily News All-Maine second-team selection in 2011, is a prolific 3-point shooter who can connect from long range. This season, the 5-foot-7 guard averaged approximately 27 points, five rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocked shots for coach Tammy Anderson, who is her mother.

Kristen Anderson also surpassed 1,000 career points in January and eventually helped Leavitt advanced to the Western Maine Class B semifinals, where it lost to Lake Region of Bridgton.

Anderson continues a recent trend of Maine high school players choosing to leave the state to play in college. Niki Taylor of York and Kayla Burchill of Deering in Portland were freshmen at Vermont last season, while Alexa Coulombe of Catherine McAuley in Portland is headed to Boston College next season.

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